The land of equal opportunities

written by Tanner Page

     On July 4, 1776 The Declaration of Independence was written. This freed all American citizens from Great Britain. Fifteen years later, The Bill of Rights was written. This stated every citizen’s rights and is ultimately what made America unique from all other countries. These amendments are what gave America the reputation of the greatest country in the world.  “The Land of the Free” is what America supposedly was and has been called for generations. In the beginning that seemed to be true. People from all over began to immigrate to this amazing country for new beginnings and unlimited opportunities. The end of slavery came and slowly more communities came out of hiding. 

     February 23, 2020 a black man jogging through a neighborhood in Glynn County, Georgia was violently shot dead by a white father and son who chased the man through the streets. They later claimed they thought he was a burglar. The innocent man’s name was Ahmaud Arbery.

    The end of slavery was one of the biggest historical events in American history. It opened countless doors for people in the black community. People were legally forbidden to treat these humans as animals. Whites were forced to accept them into their daily lives as they were hired into normal day jobs. Though free, races were still separated with boundaries such as “colored only” bathrooms and “whites only” drinking fountains. Schools were separated by race and low class jobs were only occupied by those of color. America would fully become integrated in 1948. Along with the freedom of slaves, America started the early stages of accepting others whose lives were previously in danger due to prejudice.

     January 9th, 2018 a man was found near his old elementary school, stabbed nineteen times. It was later found out to be done by a former classmate who he met up with. The classmate was linked to a neo-nazi organization. The innocent man’s name was Blaze Bernstein, an openly gay, jewish man.

     The White Horse is thought to be the first functional gay and lesbian bar in America. Though not being labeled as a gay bar in 1933 as same-sex relationships were a felony, it was known to be a safe place for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The bar was completely on the downlow. Visitors still had to watch themselves in the establishment. No touching, no overt talk, and no flamboyant talk for the males. Come 1961, Illinois became the first state to throw away the anti-sodomy laws and decriminalized homosexuality. In 1977, New York Supreme Court ruled that Reneé Richards, a transgender woman, could play at the Unites States Open tennis tournament as a woman. It wasn’t until June 26, 2015 that same sex marriage was legalized in all states. America was supposed to provide opportunities for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. 

     May 25, 2018 a transgender woman died in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She immigrated from Honduras  and came to America seeking asylum after fleeing her country where she suffered from abuse and multiple rapes. The woman was infected with HIV and informed officials of it. An autopsy later showed signs of physical abuse under the skin around the ribs area and dehydration. No video evidence was found as it was deleted by ICE officials. This innocent woman’s name was Roxsana Hernández.

     As word went around the world of America’s freedom more and more people began to immigrate to the extraordinary country. In 1882, The Chinese Exclusion Act was passed. This barred Chinese immigrants from entrance into America. Originally they took up jobs mainly in agricultural, constructional, or mining jobs in the country. Though only making up 0.002 percent of America, at the time, white workers in similar fields blamed them for low wages so they were deported. Continuing on this, The Immigration Act of 1891 further excluded more from entering the United States. Polygamists, people convicted of certain crimes, and the sick or diseased were forbidden entrance. In January 1892, the first immigration station opened in the New York Harbor. More than 12 million immigrants would enter through this station. Mainly from countries similar to Ireland. In 1907 another rumor would spread of immigrants stealing jobs and causing the decline of wages. This time the speculation targeted Japanese workers. Theodore Roosevelt, the president at the time, pushed Japan into an agreement known as the Gentlemen’s Agreement. This limited Japanese emigration into the United States, mainly professional business men were allowed entrance into the land of equal opportunities. It wasn’t until the late 1900s where immigrants began being fully accepted as American citizens. In 1986 Ronald Regan pardoned more than 3 million immigrants who were living illegally on American soil. In 2001, the DREAM Act would fully come into place which allowed children to be brought into the United States by their undocumented parents, allowing them to live in America legally. March 1, 2003 Immigration and Customs Enforcement was created. The exact number of deaths that took place under their care is unknown. America did not provide those people the opportunities they deserved. 

     On May 25, 2020 a black man died after being forced to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer who then knelt on his neck for at least seven minutes while being handcuffed. The innocent man’s name was George Floyd.

     George Floyd is one of the many people who’s opportunities were stolen from America. The land of the free is being raided and occupied by hatred for those who do not fit the standards of being an American. Standards that were supposed to be erased decades ago but yet still seem to stand. The man who murdered George Floyd was not charged for his death. The officials who allowed the death of Roxsana Hernández were not charged. Courts ruled these as accidents yet somehow these “accidents” continuously keep being repeated over and over, time again. Justice in America does not exist and there are millions of upright U.S citizens who are proving that. Government officials have been killing innocent people for years, innocent black people, innocent LGBT people, innocent immigrants, innocent American citizens. Race is being weaponized. This is no longer a land of equal opportunities.

Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

written by McKenzie Murdoch

     There can often be confusion on how to differentiate between Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. Both observed by Americans, and are associated with men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. The only main differences are how the holiday originated and who the holiday really focuses on honoring.

     Memorial Day is an American holiday started to honor and mourn the military personnel that died while serving in any of the Armed Forces. It is often celebrated on the last Monday of May. Unofficially, it can be considered the start of Summer.

     Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day began after the Civil War ended in 1865. The Civil War had killed more people than any other conflict or war had at that point in our history. The war was what caused the demand for cemeteries, as well. There were so many dead that people had to start building cemeteries to memorialize the fallen soldiers. Then, in the late 1860’s, Americans began holding spring-time tributes for the dead. Memorial Day  became an official holiday in 1971.

     Veterans Day is a federal holiday and honors everyone who serves in the Armed Forces, and takes place Nov. 11. Although World War I ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, the fighting stopped seven months earlier on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, which is Nov. 11. That day became referred to as the day that the war to end all wars ended. 

     President Woodrow Wilson made Nov. 11 the first commemoration of what was formerly known as Armistice Day. They changed the name to Veterans Day to honor Veterans of all wars. An act which took place on May 13, 1938 made it a legal holiday. It was originally meant to honor World War I Veterans, but now all veterans are honored.

Ways to wisely spend this extra time off

written by Kelsey Pease

     Fortunately for CCSC students and several other surrounding school districts, their summer has been extended. For CCSC, this extension is almost two full weeks. With this extra time, instead of lounging around, eating junk food and not doing much of anything, make the best out of it by focusing on some self-improvement. 

 

     1. Take a little bit of time everyday to exercises 

 

     You do not have to dedicate all of your free time to focusing on your glutes. Just 30      minutes everyday can begin your road to a fitter body, sharper mind and an improved attitude. Students are spending hours everyday working on their school work, what is 30 minutes of exercise in the summer? 

     2. Go out and get some sun

 

 

     Instead of spending all day inside, try to go out and get some sun. It can be as long as 15 minutes. A little bit of sun everyday can give your body, mind, and soul a refreshing boost of energy and vitamin-D. 

 

     3. Set a moment aside for just you

 

     Life can get chaotic with parents, friends, significant others, pets, and families. It can be hard to find a moment where it is just you. It is important to set aside some time to think, breathe, and relax

 

     4. Self-reflect at the end of each day 

 

     It is easy to lose track of who you are, what you want, and where you are going. There are many ways you can self-reflect and remind yourself of these things. Activities like journaling or meditation are just a few of many different ways to self-reflect. 

     Working on bettering yourself can completely change your life. It helps you juggle all the things life throws at you. Self-improvement gives you a better understanding of who you are and what you want. Doing these things can boost your self-esteem and help you in moving forward with your life and work towards your desired goals. It has a way of giving you a purpose, a strive. With all this additional time, it is a perfect, once-in-a-lifetime chance to begin your journey of self-improvement 

 

 

Normal girl summer playlist

by Tanner Page

Summer break has officially started. While one is roasting marshmallows, exploring the Falls of the Ohio, or just taking a walk, spice it up with some picks off of the normal girl summer playlist.

“Blinding Lights”- The Weeknd

“Are You Bored Yet?”- Wallows (Ft. Clario)

“Say So”- Doja Cat

“Crazy”- Gnarls Barkley

“Hot Shower”- Chance the Rapper

“Rockstar”- DaBaby (Ft. Roddy Ricch)

“Algorhythm”- Childish Gambino

“Diamonds”- Meghan Thee Stallion & Normani

“Treat People With Kindness”- Harry Styles

“ROXANNE”- Arizona Zervas

“Stupid Love”- Lady Gaga

“Toosie Slide”- Drake

“Spring Fling”- Samuel Marklee

“American Boy”- Estelle (Ft. Kayne West)

“American Teen”- Khalid

“Sunflower”- Post Malone & Swae Lee

“Glitter”- Tyler, the Creator

“DONTTRUSTME”- 3OH!3

“HeebieJeebies”- Amine

“BLACKJACK”- Amine

Link to playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2WBN2CjBkxAwyq2FjA21jP?si=cOWFgjA5R3a_B47To-vaJA

A sophomore’s perspective on the current circumstances

written by Mckenzie Murdoch

     The pandemic of COVID-19 has caused much frustration, anger, and longing among people all around the globe. Especially with quarantine, social-distancing, and the turn to e-learning for the average student. I could not even imagine what the seniors of the education system are going through, whether they are in high school or college. I am only a sophomore going into my junior year so it is different for me, and has affected me in a different way than most.  

     COVID-19 began in China and I honestly thought it would never reach the United States. I really did not know what to expect. Part of that, I believe, is due to the fact that we were not properly taught about what it really was. Even when it was a current event in China and becoming a concern in relation to its spreading, the most teachers have done to really try and bring the topic of the Coronavirus into the learning environment, is by having us write essays on our feelings. This was only after it caused the economy to shut down. The information I have found out was due to being forced to watch the news because it’s the only thing to watch before the better shows. In doing this, I just realized how the news isn’t always straightforward on what is going on and how us as students always have to inquire about current events and it’s still not always explained in depth. I agree that communication with students is important, but I also feel like it is important to educate students about current issues in the world. 

     Coronavirus has caused us to be under self-quarantine and practice social distancing. This has been a rough transition. One day, we were all allowed to go out with no restrictions. The next day we get told that we can not really go out at all. I feel like this was a shock to a lot of people and it made them panic. By this, I mean how people went out buying food, and overbuying things that weren’t super necessary. I felt that took the products away from people who actually needed those items. My family didn’t really panic buy, but we are also a small family and don’t really need much. 

     COVID-19 caused schools around the country to close, along with businesses. Schools switched to e-learning in efforts to finish out the year.  I was excited about e-learning because it resembles homeschooling and it gave me the chance to sleep in. Also, it took away the stress of school and gave me the time to do my work in the comforts of my own home on my own time table. Although, these feelings only lasted a little while because I actually miss the routine school gave me, but still I am glad to be given more free time to do more things that I wouldn’t have had the time to do while still in school. 

     During quarantine I feel like I have done a few new things like starting a garden and reading some new books. I have thought about doing a lot of other new things, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I contemplated cutting my hair, but I feel like there are too many people doing that nowadays so I decided against it. If I choose to do anything with my hair, I would dye it or cut the length. I also took on learning new hobbies like sewing and crocheting. Hopefully, I will be able to do more things and explore more hobbies as time passes. 

     It seems like COVID-19 is slowing down, but it is not going to completely disappear. Not until we stay calm and continue to practice social distancing. Until then, you won’t see me at the store standing next to someone I don’t personally know. Although, I may have different colored hair.